November 25th: Prisoner Letter-Writing Afternoon

EPIC presents a Prisoner Letter-Writing Afternoon
Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 1:00pm
AKA Autonomous Social Centre, 75 Queen Street (wheelchair accessible)

Have you ever written a letter to a prisoner?

Prison is all about isolation and segregation, and the state does not want non-prisoners to connect with people inside its institutions. Letter-writing can be a great way to make a new friend, learn about the prison system and build connections between incarcerated folks and those outside.

At this letter-writing afternoon, we will have information available on how to find penpals, and ideas for getting started with writing. We’ll have some addresses available, and encourage people to come with other information to share. This month, we will also have craft supplies available for those who want to make holiday cards to send to prisoners. If you already have a friend or penpal inside, feel free to come, socialize, and use our materials to write to them.

Stamps, paper, envelopes, coffee and snacks will be provided. Childcare is available on request, contact epic (at) riseup (dot) net. AKA is a wheelchair-accessible space.

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October 28th: Prisoner Letter-Writing Afternoon

EPIC presents a Prisoner Letter-Writing Afternoon
Sunday, October 28th, 2012 at 1:00pm
AKA Autonomous Social Centre, 75 Queen Street (wheelchair accessible)

Have you ever written a letter to a prisoner?

Prison is all about isolation and segregation, and the state does not want non-prisoners to connect with people inside its institutions. Letter-writing can be a great way to make a new friend, learn about the prison system and build connections between incarcerated folks and those outside.

At this first letter-writing night, we’ll talk about our experiences exchanging letters with prisoners, ways to find penpals, and ideas for getting started with writing. We’ll have some addresses available, and encourage people to come with other information to share. If you already have a friend or penpal inside, feel free to come, socialize, and use our materials to write to them.

Stamps, paper, envelopes, coffee and snacks will be provided. Childcare is available on request, contact epic (at) riseup (dot) net. AKA is a wheelchair-accessible space.


PJD 2012 Schedule!

Prisoner’s Justice Day 2012 Schedule
Kingston, Ontario

***Updated August 7th, 2012***

Thursday, August 9th

Welcome Dinner and Social, AKA, 75 Queen St. Unit 1.
5-9pm Free dinner (ongoing as folks arrive) & hang out
7-8pm Justice for Levi Presentation: http://justiceforlevi.org/

*Alternatively: The Save Our Prison Farms campaign is organizing a vigil at Collins Bay from 7-8pm to commemorate the second anniversary of the prison farms blockade*

Early to bed!

Friday, August 10th

5am sharp Free coffee & snacks @ The Sleepless Goat, 91 Princess St.
5:30am Rides leave from the Goat
5:45am Meet up and gather near Collins Bay Penitentiary (location TBA)
6:00am March on Collins Bay and take over the entrance!

1:00pm Free Lunch at City Park provided by Food Not Bombs

8pm/dusk Noise demonstration (location TBA)

*Please bring food and water for yourself for the day on Friday.

*On August 10th, you can reach a contact person if you need info or get
separated! Call our action phone: 613-893-5327

*Write down our legal support number! 613-328-1851

*Keep in touch during the day by subscribing your cellphone to twitter. Follow @endthepic or #pjd2012


PJD 2012 Billets!

ATTN: Local EPIC Friends and Allies!

We need places for out-of-towners to stay during Prisoners Justice Day events in Kingston, August 9-10. If you have space, please let us know ASAP at epic [at] riseup [dot] net with “Offering Billets” in the subject line.

Hosting folks in your house for a night or two is an excellent way to meet new activists and new friends, and expand your personal and political networks. We anticipate activists from all over southern Ontario and parts of Quebec needing places to lay their heads. Spare rooms are grand, but so are couches or spots where folks can unroll a sleeping bag. Please consider letting someone share the roof and/or your backyard (for camping) during Prisoners Justice Day events in Kingston!

If you have any reason to believe that your house contains bed bugs, please be upfront either with us or with your billeters.

If you can lend general support (such as providing childcare or offering transporation) to this action, but for whatever reason cannot participate directly, let us know!

ATTN: Out-of-Towners!

We know some of you might be seeking places to stay in Kingston during Prisoners Justice Day events, August 9-10. If you need help finding a homestay, please let us know ASAP at epic [at] riseup [dot] net

On the evening of Thursday, August 9th, we’ll be having a bbq with guest speakers. On Friday, August 10th, we will be meeting at 5am at the Sleepless Goat, where we will have breakfast and arrange for rides to Collins Bay. There are other tentative activities happening, so please check our website for up-to-date information, https://endthepic.wordpress.com

Please also inform us of anything you think we’d need to know in order to appropriately match you with a place to stay.

What are your access needs?
Do you need childcare on August 10th?
Do you have any allergies you want us to consider?
Are you comfortable staying alone, or are you traveling with someone that you absolutely must stay with? Etc.

We cannot guarantee space, but we will do our absolute best to help everyone find places that meet their specific needs.

If you have any reason to believe that you may travel with bed bugs, please be upfront either with us or with your homestay.

 


August 2nd: Direct Action Training

*NEW DATE: AUGUST 2ND*

Thursday August 2nd, 6:30pm
Delahaye Room at the Public Library (3rd Floor)
130 Johnson Street
Free, Everyone Welcome!

End the Prison Industrial Complex and Cataraqui Resistance School facilitators co-present a short film and direct action training related to the organizing to stop prison construction on Prisoners Justice Day, August 10th. The information will cover topics ranging from legal rights to tactical effectiveness.

For more information: http://www.endthepic.wordpress.com/pjd


August 10th: ALL OUT FOR PRISONERS JUSTICE DAY!

August 10th is Prisoners’ Justice Day, a day in remembrance of all of those who have died at the hands of the prison system. Prisoners fast and refuse work on this day, while outside the walls organizations and individuals demonstrate in solidarity. We want a world without prisons, and will resist their expansion any day of the year, but it would be especially offensive to see cranes, trucks, and workers expanding the prison on August 10th while prisoners are on strike inside.

We invite you to join us early in the morning on August 10th to shut down construction at Collins Bay Penitentiary in honour of Prisoners’ Justice Day. This will also mark the two-year anniversary of the Prison Farms blockade at the same location, a historic mobilization for Kingston.

If you don’t live in Kingston and want to come, or if you do live in Kingston and can offer billeting, get in contact with us and we will co-ordinate lodgings with you. Our email is epic [at] riseup [dot] net

Keep your eye on https://endthepic.wordpress.com/pjd for updates.

Please circulate widely – see you August 10th!

 


June 21st: Mohammad Reza Hedayat Speaking Tour

End the Prison Industrial Complex, AKA and No One Is Illegal (Kingston) present:

Mohammad Reza Hedayat Speaking Tour
June 21st, 2012 at 7pm
AKA (75 Queen Street), wheelchair accessible
Chilcare available – please contact epic [at] riseup.net

Mohammad Reza Hedyat was arrested at an anti-racist demonstration in Toronto in January 2011. He was given trumped-up charges including aggravated assault and while in police custody was beaten and hospitalized. He has been on strict bail conditions including house arrest since, and has had his Canadian citizenship process suspended. If convicted, Mohammad is facing possible deportation to Iran.

On June 21st at AKA, Mohammad speaks about his arrest, police violence, prison, and his struggles with the immigration system to garner support before his trial commences on July 4th.